This story was originally published in October 2012.
Why it is my best shot
This image is one of my favourite images because there is an unassuming quality to it. When you first look at it, it comes across as a calm, serene photograph. There is no drama jumping off the page. Gradually, you begin to realise how dramatic the image actually is. I call it The Womb because the droplet forms a foetal form hovering above the quiet stillness of the womb.
Where and when I shot this image
This photo was made five years ago, when I was experimenting with shooting water droplets in my studio.
How I achieved it
It was a simple setup consisting of just a tank. Would you believe that I did not shoot in the Burst mode at all? I made nearly one lakh photos and all of them were thoughtfully made singles. Finally, I selected 22 images as standalone photos that could each hold their own. Out of those, this photograph is very close to me.
The gear I used to get the shot
I shot with a Hasselblad 500CW, a 120mm macro lens and a flashgun with the exposure set to 1/125sec at f/11 (ISO 400).
About Israr Qureshi
Israr Qureshi is a Mumbai-based photographer who has been creating images for more than fifteen years. He divides his time between commercial and fine art photography, trying to achieve a unique balance between both.